The Goya Awards are a real international launching pad for Spanish cinema. At their 35th edition on March 6, the stars were "Schoolgirls", "Akelarre", "Adú" and " Ane".
The 2021 Goya Gala was a hybrid event featuring Antonio Banderas hosting from the CaixaBank Soho Theater in Malaga and the nominees appearing virtually.
Marketed by Film Factory Entertainment, Pilar Palomero's "Schoolgirls" won four awards out of its nine nominations: Best Film, Best New Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography.
Telecinco Cinema 's film "Adú", directed by Salvador Calvo, also took home four awards -Best Director, Best New Actor (Adam Nourou), Best Sound and Best Production Direction- out of its 13 nominations.
Mario Casas, one of Spain's most popular actors, won the first Goya of his career for his leading role in "Cross the line", David Victori's thriller produced and sold internationally by Filmax.
The social drama "Ane", David Pérez Sañudo's debut feature, produced by Amania Films and sold by Latido Films, won the Goyas for Best Actress (Patricia López Arnáiz) and Best New Actress (Jone Laspiur).
Another Basque co-production, "Akelarre", directed by Argentine filmmaker Pablo Agüero, won five technical awards out of the nine for which it was nominated.
Debut at Generation Kplus 2020
At the 2021 Goya gala, "Schoolgirls", who first came to be known on the foreign market thanks to its presence as a project at various European forums, particularly stood out.
Pilar Palomero's film had its world premiere last year as part of Generation Kplus, the youth-focused section of the Berlinale. This was the beginning of a brilliant journey which continued at the Malaga Festival, where it won the Golden Biznaga for Best Film and the Silver Biznaga for Best Cinematography (Daniela Cajías).
In January, it won Best Fiction Feature Film at the José María Forqué Awards, and at the Feroz Awards granted by the Spanish Association of Cinematographic Informers in early March it won Best Director, Best Dramatic Film and Best Screenplay.
As a project, "Schoolgirls " had been screened at different development forums, including the Holland Film Meeting platform, at the Netherlands Film Festival; Small is Beautiful - Espagnolas in Paris; Pack&Pitch - Sarajevo Talents 2016 and the Pustnik Writers Residence in Romania.
After its theatrical release on September 4, distributed by Bteam, it has made more than 638,000 euros, despite COVID-19 restrictions.
'Adú' acquired by Netflix
A compilation of dramatic stories that converge in Melilla, "Adú " is available to the global market through Netflix. On the night of the Goya Awards, Salvador Calvo's film also received awards for Best New Actor (Adam Nourou), Best Sound and Best Production Direction.
At last year's European Film Market, Barcelona-based Filmax successfully launched international sales of "Cross the line". There, it signed important pre-sales agreements for key territories. Filmax also manages international sales of "Turu, the wacky hen" (Best Animated Film) and Cesc Gay's comedy "Sentimental", winner of the award for Best Supporting Actor (Alberto San Juan).
Before winning three awards at the Malaga Work In Progress in April, "Ane" was developed as a project at La Incubadora de la Escuela de Cine de Madrid. After being selected in the New Directors category at the San Sebastian Festival 2020, it won the Irizar Award for Best Basque Film and Best Basque Screenplay.
Sold internationally by Film Factory, "Akelarre" was released in theaters on October 2, having attracted more than 52,000 viewers. Dulac Distribution has acquired the rights for France.
After winning the Arte Kino International Prize as a project at the Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum in San Sebastian in 2017, the film had its world premiere three years later in the competition's Official Selection.